Looking for a place to paint the town red during the wee hours in Chicago can be tough. Just when you're getting your party started, people start to trickle out the doors, slamming the last sip (or five) of gin as they stumble on out. Where to next? Rednofive would be a wise choice: The crowd at the door keeps getting bigger, the drinks never stop and the music keeps on playing until sunrise.
Though Rednofive measures a sizeable 10,000 square feet and holds up to 1,000 people, it can get a tad claustrophobic as people dash toward the live percussion-accompanied dance floor or back to the VIP section. So hold your drink safe from spilling (on someone else, or worse, on you) and settle in for a long, late night of lounging, dancing or spying.
Open since 1998 (a lifetime in club years), Rednofive takes its nightlife-providing responsibility seriously: After all, it still boasts about "planting" professional dancers as part of its effort to design the club around the desires of its guests. The upper level holds a dance floor near the main bar and an elevated VIP section toward the back (and lemme tell you, going VIP is no joke here). If you're lucky, you'll find a seat below antique crystal chandeliers, as the upper level generally doesn't harbor much breathing room. The less-crowded lower level serves more as a lounge with its smaller dance floor and inviting seating area, perfect for winding down as the sun comes up.
You'll find a "hopelessly" diverse crowd, but in order to feel like a regular here, you'll have to spend a bunch of late nights carousing with its highly selective staff. Ladies are usually seen wearing satin tanks and mini-skirts while gents are seen with the ubiquitous long-sleeved, collared-shirts-with-jeans uniform. Drinks are reasonable and cover is unsurprising ($5-$20). Music, which runs from hip-hop to house, varies on guest and resident DJs.
Centerstage Reviewer: Janis Mabalay